but why should this be? we live peacefully side-by-side with canada, after all. why would southern independence doomed the american dream? well, one of the subjects that i had studied in order to write this book is geography. i have to confess i didn't know much. a lot of us don't because we live, unlike lincoln, in a time of cars, trains and airplanes which conquered geography. back then ,-com,-com ma to get from one place to another, you had to walk, which is a great way to learn about the terrain. or you went by these rivers that i talked about earlier. lincoln used the network of rivers to abstain from the life on his fathers farm.